Dune: Part Two – Film

About Dune: Part Two – Film

Dune: Part Two Film Details

Dune: Part Two is a 2024 American epic science fiction film directed and produced by Denis Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts. The sequel to Dune (2021), it is the second of a two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. It follows Paul Atreides as he unites with the Fremen people of the desert planet Arrakis to wage war against House Harkonnen. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Stellan SkarsgÄrd, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem reprise their roles from the first film, with Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Christopher Walken, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub joining the ensemble cast.

Development began after Legendary Entertainment acquired film and television rights for the Dune franchise in 2016. Villeneuve signed on as director in 2017, intending to make a two-part adaptation of the novel due to its complexity. Production contracts were only secured for the first film, with the second film having to be greenlit based on the first’s success. Villeneuve was concerned about the sequel’s certainty after the first film had a simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release but Warner Bros. Pictures assured him the sequel would happen if it performed well on HBO Max. After the critical and commercial success of the first film, Warner Bros. and Legendary green-lit Dune: Part Two in October 2021. Principal photography took place in Budapest, Italy, Jordan and Abu Dhabi between July and December 2022.

After being delayed from the November 2023 release date due to the 2023 Hollywood labor disputes, the film had its world premiere at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, London, on February 15, 2024, and opened in the United States on March 1. It received critical acclaim and has grossed over $632 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2024. A third film, based on Dune Messiah, is currently in development.

STORY

CAST

  • TimothĂ©e Chalamet as Paul Atreides, the exiled Duke of House Atreides who sides with the Fremen to overthrow the tyrannical House Harkonnen.
  • Zendaya as Chani, a young and rebellious Fremen warrior who is Paul’s love interest
  • Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica, Paul’s Bene Gesserit mother and concubine to Paul’s late father and predecessor, Leto Atreides; her father is revealed to be Baron Harkonnen
  • Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck, the former military leader of House Atreides and Paul’s mentor
  • Austin Butler as Feyd-Rautha, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen’s youngest nephew and heir (“na-Baron”) to House Harkonnen
  • Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan, the Emperor’s daughter
  • Dave Bautista as Beast Rabban, nephew of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and older brother of Feyd-Rautha
  • Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV, the Padishah Emperor of the Known Universe and head of House Corrino
  • LĂ©a Seydoux as Lady Margot Fenring, a Bene Gesserit and close friend of the Emperor
  • Souheila Yacoub as Shishakli, a Fremen warrior and Chani’s friend
  • Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd as Baron Harkonnen, head of House Harkonnen and former steward of Arrakis, enemy to the Atreides, uncle of Feyd-Rautha and Glossu Rabban, and later revealed to be Lady Jessica’s father and thus, Paul’s grandfather.
  • Charlotte Rampling as Reverend Mother Mohiam, a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother and the Emperor’s Truthsayer
  • Javier Bardem as Stilgar, leader of the Fremen tribe at Sietch Tabr

PRODUCTION

Development

By November 2016, Legendary Pictures had obtained the film and TV rights for the Dune franchise, based on the eponymous 1965 novel by Frank Herbert. Vice chair of worldwide production for Legendary Mary Parent began discussing with Denis Villeneuve about directing a film adaptation, quickly hiring him after realizing his passion for Dune. By February 2018, Villeneuve was confirmed to be hired as director, and intended to adapt the novel as a two-part film series. Villeneuve ultimately secured a two-film deal with Warner Bros. Pictures, in the same style as the two-part adaption of Stephen King’s It in 2017 and 2019. In January 2019, Joe Walker was confirmed to be serving as the film’s editor. Other crew included Brad Riker as supervising art director, Patrice Vermette as production designer, Paul Lambert as visual effects supervisor, Gerd Nefzer as special effects supervisor, and Thomas Struthers as stunt coordinator. Dune: Part Two was produced by Villeneuve, Mary Parent, and Cale Boyter, with Tanya Lapointe, Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, Kim Herbert, Thomas Tull, Jon Spaihts, Richard P. Rubinstein, John Harrison, and Herbert W. Gain serving as executive producers and Kevin J. Anderson as creative consultant. Legendary CEO Joshua Grode confirmed in April 2019 that they plan to make a sequel, adding that “there’s a logical place to stop the [first] movie before the book is over”.

In December 2020, Villeneuve stated that due to Warner Bros.’ plan to release the film in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously, the first film could underperform financially, resulting in cancellation of the planned sequel. In an IMAX screening of the first film’s first ten minutes, the title logo read Dune: Part One, lending credence to plans for the sequel. By August 2021, Villeneuve spoke more confidently about the chances of a sequel film, iterating his excitement to work with TimothĂ©e Chalamet and Zendaya again, while stating Chani would have a bigger role in the sequel. Warner Bros. assured Villeneuve a sequel would be greenlit as long as the film performed well on HBO Max. Just days prior to the first film’s release, Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff stated, “Will we have a sequel to Dune? If you watch the movie you see how it ends. I think you pretty much know the answer to that.”

On October 26, 2021, Legendary officially greenlit Dune: Part Two, with a spokesperson for the company stating, “We would not have gotten to this point without the extraordinary vision of Denis and the amazing work of his talented crew, the writers, our stellar cast, our partners at Warner Bros., and of course the fans! Here’s to more Dune.” Production work had occurred back-to-back with the first film, as Villeneuve and his wife Lapointe immediately took a flight to Budapest in order to begin pre-production work. A key point of negotiation prior to greenlighting the sequel was assuring that the sequel would have an exclusive window where it would only be shown theatrically, with Legendary and Warner Bros. agreeing to give Dune: Part Two a 45-day window before it would be available through other channels. Villeneuve said this theatrical exclusivity was a “non-negotiable condition”, and that “the theatrical experience is at the very heart of the cinematic language for me”. With Dune: Part Two being greenlit, Villeneuve said that his primary concern was to complete the filming as soon as possible, with the earliest he expected to start in the last quarter of 2022. However, he noted that production would be expedited by the work already done for the first film.

RELEASE

March 1, 2024

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